Award Recipients

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10-Year Impact Award

This annual award is given to a regular paper published at our main conference 10 years ago whose value and prescience have become apparent over a long period of time. It is chosen by a committee from our research community.

2018

“NewsStand: A New View on News”
Benjamin Teitler (University of Maryland, USA)
Michael Lieberman (University of Maryland, USA)
Daniele Panozzo (University of Maryland, USA)
Jagan Sankaranarayanan (University of Maryland, USA)
Hanan Samet (University of Maryland, USA)
Jon Sperling (Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA)

Best Paper Award

This annual award is given to one of the regular accepted papers at our main conference that demonstrates a significant new research finding in the area of SIGSPATIAL. It is chosen by a committee from our research community.

2018

“Flood Risk Analysis on Terrains under the Multi-Flow-Direction Model”
Aaron Lowe (Duke University, USA)
Pankaj Agarwal (Duke University, USA)

2017

“Dictionary Compression in Point Cloud Data Management”
Mirjana Pavlovic (EPFL, Switzerland)
Kai-Niklas Bastian (SAP SE, Germany)
Hinnerk Gildhoff (SAP SE, Germany)
Anastasia Ailamaki (EPFL& RAW Labs SA, Switzerland)

2016

“Activity-based Ridesharing: Increasing Flexibility by Time Geography”
Yaoli Wang (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Ronny Kutadinata (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Stephan Winter (University of Melbourne, Australia)

2015

“Efficient Map Reconstruction and Augmentation via Topological Methods”
Suyi Wang (Ohio State University, USA)
Yusu Wang (Ohio State University, USA)
Yanjie Li (Ohio State University, USA)

2014

“Path-Based Queries on Trajectory Data”
Benjamin Krogh (Aalborg University, Denmark)
Nikos Pelekis (University of Piraeus, Greece)
Yannis Theodoridis (University of Piraeus, Greece)
Kristian Torp (Aalborg University, Denmark)

2013

“Dejavu: An Accurate Energy-Efficient Outdoor Localization System”
Heba Aly (Alexandria University, Egypt)
Moustafa Youssef (Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST), Egypt)

2012

“HLDB: Location-Based Services in Databases”
Ittai Abraham (Microsoft Research SVC, USA)
Daniel Delling (Microsoft Research SVC, USA)
Amos Fiat (Tel-Aviv University, Israel)
Andrew Goldberg (Microsoft Research SVC, USA)
Renato Werneck (Microsoft Research SVC, USA)

2011

“Path Shapes – An Alternative Method for Map Matching and Fully Autonomous Self-Localization”
Stefan Funke (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
Sabine Storandt (University of Stuttgart, Germany)

2010

“Natural Neighbor Interpolation Based Grid DEM Construction Using a GPU”
Alex Beutel (Duke University, USA)
Thomas Mølhave (Duke University, USA)
Pankaj K. Agarwal (Duke University, USA)

2009

“Improved Visibility Computation on Massive Grid Terrains”
Jeremy Fishman (Bowdoin College, USA)
Herman Haverkort (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)
Laura Toma (Bowdoin College, USA)

2008

“Studying (Non-Planar) Road Networks Through an Algorithmic Lens”
David Eppstein (University of California – Irvine, USA)
Michael Goodrich (University of California – Irvine, USA)

“NewsStand: A New View on News”
Benjamin Teitler (University of Maryland, USA)
Michael Lieberman (University of Maryland, USA)
Daniele Panozzo (University of Maryland, USA)
Jagan Sankaranarayanan (University of Maryland, USA)
Hanan Samet (University of Maryland, USA)
Jon Sperling (Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA)

“Sparse Terrain Pyramids”
Kenneth Weiss (University of Maryland, USA)
Leila De Floriani (University of Genoa, Italy)

Other Awards

2017

Best Poster

“Searching OSM Planet with Context-Aware Spatial Relations”
Daniel Bahrdt (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
Stefan Funke (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
Rick Gelhausen (University of Freiburg, Germany)
Sabine Storandt (University of Würzburg, Germany)

Best Demo

“Virtual Cities: 3D Urban Modeling from Low Resolution LiDAR Data”
Saleh Albeaik (Center for Complex Engineering Systems, Saudi Arabia)
Mohamed Alrished (Center for Complex Engineering Systems, Saudi Arabia)
Salma Aldawood (Center for Complex Engineering Systems, Saudi Arabia)
Sattam Alsubaiee (Center for Complex Engineering Systems, Saudi Arabia)
Anas Alfaris (Center for Complex Engineering Systems, Saudi Arabia)

Best Fast Forward Presentation

“Large Scale Analytics of Vector+Raster Big Spatial Data”
Ahmed Eldawy (University of California, Riverside, USA)
Lyuye Niu (University of California, Riverside, USA)
David Haynes (University of Minnesota, USA)
Zhiba Su (University of California, Riverside, USA)

Best Programming Contest Solution

“A Fast Implementation of Near Neighbors Query for Fréchet Distance”
Julian Baldus (Saarland University, Germany)
Karl Bringmann (Max Plank Institute for Informatics, Germany)

2016

Best Posters

“Scalable 3D Spatial Queries for Analytical Pathology Imaging with MapReduce”
Yanhui Liang (Stony Brook University, USA)
Hoang Vo (Stony Brook University, USA)
Ablimit Aju (Hewlett Packard Labs, USA)
Jun Kong (Emory University, USA)
Fushen Wang ((Stony Brook University, USA)

“Mining City-Wide Encounters in Real-Time”
Anthony Quattrone (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Lars Kulik (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Egemen Tanin (University of Melbourne, Australia)

Best Demos

“CDO: Extremely High-Throughput Road Distance Computations on City Road Networks
Shnagfu Peng (University of Maryland, USA)
Hanan Samet (University of Maryland, USA)

“A Spatial Column-Store to Triangulate The Netherlands on the Fly”
Romulo Gonclaves (NLeSC, The Netherlands)
Tom van Tilburg (Geodan, The Netherlands)
Kostis Kyzirakos (CWI, The Netherlands)
Foteini Alvanaki (CWI, The Netherlands)
Panagiotis Koutsourakis (MonetDB Solutions, The Netherlands)
Ben van Werkhoven (CWI, The Netherlands)
Willem van Hage (CWI, The Netherlands)

Best Fast Forward Presentations

“Spatio-Temporal Modeling of the Topology of Swarm Behavior with Persistence Landscapes”
Padraig Corcoran (Cardiff University, UK)
Christopher B. Jones (Cardiff University, UK)

“Spatio-Temporal Sentiment Hotspot Detection Using Geotagged Photos”
Yi Zhu (University of California at Merced, USA)
Shawn Newsam (University of California at Merced, USA)

Best Programming Contest Solution

“Efficient Method for Large-Scale Spatio-Temporal Hotspot Analysis”
Gabor Makria (University of York, UK)

Best Student Research Competition

Graduate Category
Ashwin Shashidharan (North Carolina State University, USA)

Undergraduate Category
Aaron San Jose (University of California at Merced, USA)
Eduardo Hernandez (University of California at Merced, USA)

2015

Best Programming Contest Solution

“Routing with Polygonal Constraints”
Martin Werner (Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Germany)

2014

Best Programming Contest Solution

“An Efficient Method of Map Generalization Using Topology Partitioning and Constraints Recognition”
Hongtai Zhang (Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Science, China)
Jian Dai (Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Science, China)
Kuien Liu (Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Science, China)
Huidan Liu (Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Science, China)
Danhuai Guo (Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Science, China)

2010

Best Poster

“Location Recommendation for Location-based Social Networks”
Mao Ye (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Peifeng Yin (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Wang-Chien Lee (Pennsylvania State University, USA)

Best Fast Forward Presentation

“Augmenting Internet Maps with Property Information from Aerial Imagery”
Philipp Meixner (Graz University of Technology, Austria)
Franz Leberl (Graz University of Technology, Austria)

2009

Best Student Paper

“An Agenda for the Next Generation Gazetteer: Geographic Information Contribution & Retrieval”
Carsten Keßler (University of Münster, Germany)
Krzysztof Janowicz (University of Münster, Germany)
Mohamed Bishr (University of Münster, Germany)

Best Poster

“Opportunistic Sampling in Wireless Sensor Networks”
Muhammad Umer (University of Melbourne. Australia)
Egemen Tanin (University of Melbourne. Australia)
Lars Kulik (University of Melbourne. Australia)

Best Fast Forward Presentation

“Sea Floor Bathymetry Trackline Surface Fitting Without Visible Artifacts Using ODETLAP”
Tsz-Yam Lau (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA)
You Li (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA)
Zhongyi Xie (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA)
W Randolph Franklin (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA)

2008

Best Poster

“A Situation-centric Approach to Meteorological Services in the SITUMET Platform”
Stefan Pfennigschmidt (Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering, Germany)
Agnès Voisard (Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering and Free University Berlin, Germany)

Best Fast Forward Presentation

“Applying Hierarchical Graphs to Pedestrian Indoor Navigation”
Edgar-Philipp Stoffel (Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Germany)
Korbinian Schoder (Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Germany)
Hans Jürgen Ohlbach (Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Germany)

2007

Best Poster

“Optimal Route Selection with Route Planners: Results of a Desktop Usability Study”
Hartwig Hochmair (University of Florida)

Best Fast Forward Presentation

“Defining Edges on a Round Earth”
Michael Kallay (Microsoft Corporation, UA)